Two of ACU’s finest recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Monday, 13 June 2016

Queen's birthday award winner Dr Kevin Donnelly Dr Kevin Donnelly

Australian Catholic University (ACU) philosopher Associate Professor Bernadette Tobin and educator Dr Kevin Donnelly have been recognised in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Associate Professor Tobin has been named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to education and philosophy and to the development of bioethics in Australia as an academic. She has also been recognised as a leader on a range of public health advisory and research councils.

She is the Director of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics and has, over a number of decades, made significant contributions to a range of hospital and governmental advisory bodies dealing with research, professional ethics and public health care issues.

Dr Donnelly has been made a member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to education as a researcher and author, to national curriculum development and to professional organisations.

A Senior Research Fellow at ACU, Dr Donnelly is co-author of the Australian Government report Review of the Australian Curriculum. He has written more than 600 articles, books and opinion pieces on topics including depression, education standards and policy.

The Chair of the Council of the Order of Australia, Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d), said the awards recognise service across a broad range of fields.

“They are public recognition of people who provide outstanding community service and whose achievements enhance national identity," Sir Angus said.

“By their actions they demonstrate the qualities of positive role models. The recipients are not only worthy of respect but encourage emulation.”

Associate Professor Tobin and Dr Donnelly’s contributions to ACU over many years have been immense, varied and important, and today they join the company of more than 40,000 Australians who have received honours and whose actions have enriched community and people’s lives.